Alongside the launch of its newest Echo devices, Amazon revealed that it’s adding newer features to make Alexa smarter back in September, one of which was bringing Skype calling to Alexa devices. Microsoft has now announced that it’s rolling out Skype calling on Amazon Alexa-enabled devices.
Skype calling on Alexa will allow users to connect to their friends and family handsfree with just a few commands by simply asking their smart display or speaker “Alexa, call Mom on Skype”. Skype will be available on any Amazon Alexa-powered device including Amazon Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Dot, Echo Show, or Echo Spot as well as third-party speakers which are compatible with Amazon Alexa.
In addition to audio and video calling, Skype is also offering the ability to call landlines and mobile numbers internationally using Skype to Phone. The company is initially providing its Alexa customers with 200 free minutes of Skype to Phone calls to 34 countries. To set this up, users will need to head over to Settings and link their Skype account for further communication.
With Skype and Alexa, users will be able to make hands-free Skype voice calls on Echo Dot and place high-fidelity Skype video calls from the Echo Show and Echo Spot directly to Skype on PCs and smartphones. Skype calling on Alexa is currently available in India, the US, the UK, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand and Australia and will be rolled out to other regions in the near future.